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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

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Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars
Origin:CubaManufactured: Hand Made
Gauge:ThickLength:124
Format:RobustoRing:50
Weight:11,66 gr.Score:7.9
Presentation: Slide lid box of 25


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Review #124: I had tried a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure in January 2006, an unbanded one. My review of it can be reiterated in one sentence: autum. An aroma of humus, scent like fresh rain, flavours of mushrooms... brilliance. In keeping with the season, I revisited this cigar, now a banded one that would show me what the 2007 season is capable of, as well as the "new Habano". The unlist scent was very Cuban, riped, full, chocolatey. A taste of the wrapper reveals white pepper. After the cut: a medium loose draw, close to perfection The opening made me sit right up: this wasn't the brutal pepper and agressive coffee most Habanos start off with. Instead I was immediately seduced with a floral and aromatic smoke, more perfumy and light than you'd hold tobacco capable of producing. The taste explosion of my last Epicure no. 2 was absent here, but I didn't mind this one bit in the face of such a subtle reception. The scent of the smoke was well in keeping with its taste; sheer joy. I immediately realised this no. 2 wouldn't be anything like the last one, instead being part of this new, remodelled Habanos family. The robusto models from Cuba are more and more opting for subtlety, making the fullest possible use of the format to create a harmonious tobacco blend. Some have unexpectantly failed me (the Partagas Series D no. 4), others succeeded in making me see the benefits of the approach (the Bolivar Royal Corona). This one falls in the latter category. It takes a keen taste to get the best out of today's robustos, and I do prefer my cigars strong. But the wonderful smoke this one gifted me with wasn't something I would ever turn down. After about two centimeters, however, this cigar proved to me it wasn't going to make things that easy to describe. A familiar impulse struck my tongue. Hints of the earthy flavours, the spring rain-like aroma that I remembered so well from my last experience returned. Only now, they brought company, that of whipped cream. The smoke remained light and ephemeral, but still succeeded in giving of a creamy impression. Very few cigars can claim to have convinced me so much within the first inch. At this point it could also be witnessed that this cigar was well on its way to a perfect burn. Straight, with billowing clouds of smoke resulting from the smallest of puffs. It did burn a bit quick for my liking (I didn't want it to end anytime soon), but that might be due to a somewhat low humidity. Further into the cigar the tastes and aromas played with each other like frolicking birds; mingling, replacing each other, then showing up simultaneously. It keeps you hooked, taking note of the gentle constant evolution. The intensity increased, whilst avoiding any and all harsh tinges. It is also worth noting that there was the modest hint of salt, a rarity in most cigars, especially Cuban ones, but always fascinating when in the right dosage. Curiously, it remained there for the latter half of the cigar. In the final third, the cigar went for a more smokey, toasty approach. One of my only gripes with it was that this wasn't as spectacular as the first half. I can imagine, however, that if the flavours are allowed to get married more profoundly through aging, this becomes a feat of harmony. It did however succeed to maintain its constant evolution, an aspect that I always appreciate greatly in any cigar. The initial fear of the fast burn was undone by the long finish, going for smoke and salt, that stretched things to a very respectable 55 minutes. I was debating with myself over a 7 or 8 score. As I review cigars for what they are, not what they can be, I deducted a point for the second half, thus giving it 7 out of 10. It wouldn't surprise me, however, that with age this is a definite 8, and might just reach a great height from there. Whether fresh or aged, this is one which should not be left out of a Habanos afficionado's humidor. It wasn't the Epicure no. 2 I had 22 months prior, but something new that was just as good in its own way. I would have liked to revisit the autumnal flavours, but Hoyo de Monterrey has stepped into the new cigar age with fervour. The name proudly retains its meaning: a cigar for epicurists. - Submitted by Nekotaku on November 10, 2007


Review #123: I usually love medium-full bodied smokes, but when not in that mood this is the first cigar that comes to mind. The review above has it just right ... complexity can be packed into a mild/medium smoke. The great blend of floral/honey/fruit/cocoa flavors is very unique to the Epicure 2. The fragrance of this smoke sets itself as well, only being rivaled by the bouquet from Cohiba's. With around 3 years, these seem to be ready to go. - Submitted by fabio on October 28, 2007


Review #122: HdM Epicure No.2 is my favorite mild cigars in humidor at the moment which I smoke mostly after lunch. This one is coming from cab GKI SEP 03 bought at Madrid Airport. From the beginning started with aromatic flavors, with well mature woody taste and full character. In the middle displayed some strength which kept smoking interesting and in last part became a bit dry but very well balanced and smooth. Little uneven burn was corrected automatically. Altogether this was another unforgettable smoke. IMO Epi No.2 along with Double Corona represents the very best of HdM line. - Submitted by Diademo on October 19, 2007


Review #121: Received one of those as a gift and smoked it right away. Before setting it on fire, the construction is perfect. The wrapper is nice and smells of spice. After cutting, the pre lit draw was smooth and easy as well as the beautiful pre lit aroma. Setting this cigar on fire is another story. The cigar reeks of flavor. Lots of smoke, easy perfect draw and a very aromatic smell for the drawing end. Perfect cigar all in all. One of my favorites. - Submitted by Lucky Break on October 14, 2007


Review #120: Hoyo robustos (this one and Petit Robusto) have some characteristics in common, this is no surprise. Both have a smooth silky claro wrapper with reddish shades and a very subtle flavour before lighting up. The beginning of this Epicure is even more intense than the Petit Robusto, with less honey taste and more woody notes, but the leaf composition must be very similar. My memory can fail, but I remember this cigar to be in cabinets without anilla an darker both in appearance and in taste. The last two I bought were from a recent cabinet and they have the anilla. But maybe I remember wrong. This one is good though a little monotone (but robustos don't evolve like double corona anyway)and show some burning problem, all probably due to the young age; if you buy a cabinet be prepared to let them sit for quite a while to taste their full potential. - Submitted by sasha on October 13, 2007


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